Six stockpots of U.S. Senate bean soup slumber, a bay leaf twirling on top of each, while two steam-jacketed kettles of vivid red Moqueca Baiana, a traditional northeast Brazilian soup, dance a steamy samba. Rounding out the weekly soup trio: Thai green curry with winter vegetables and coconut.
Todd Schulte’s (right) artisan soup company is back as Uncommon Stock. Schulte is the former owner of Happy Gillis, where he initially started a soup company, the Happy Soup Eater. But when he opened Genessee Royale Bistro, Schulte put the soup on the back burner. That is until Bill Haw Jr
., art gallery owner and a soup lover, decided to partner with Schulte to revive the business and take it to the next level.
A revolving menu features globally inspired soups that sell for $11 to $14 a quart. Gumbo is a runaway hit, but Schulte’s favorite is a Peruvian chicken soup thickened with walnuts, bread and evaporated milk and finished with a salty, feta-style cheese. Most recipes are pulled from the Internet — “We’re ripping off grandmothers globally,” he jokes — but then get a Schulte spin.
Three soups (one vegetarian) are available for pickup from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays at Uncommon Stock’s West Side headquarters. Corporate business drop-off is available on Mondays. During the rest of the week, soup-eaters can pick up quarts of fresh soup at the Prairie Village Hy-Vee, McGonigle’s Market, Cosentino’s Brookside and downtown markets, Dolce Bakery, Foo’s Fabulous Frozen Custard in Leawood and Nature’s Own Health Food Market.